Adrian Peterson on gay marriage: "I'm not with that"

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Peterson says he's sad to see Kluwe go, but the two don't share the same view on gay marriage.
It appears Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn't share the same passion for same-sex marriage rights as his recently departed teammate Chris Kluwe.

In a recent interview with the Star Tribune, Peterson wasn't ambiguous when asked for his thoughts on Kluwe's role in defending gay marriage in Minnesota.

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From the interview:

Specifically, when asked about the Vikings' release of punter Chris Kluwe earlier this month, Peterson didn't steer around the obligatory request for comment on Kluwe's activism in favor of gay rights and marriage equality.

Said the reigning league MVP: "To each his own. I'm not with it. But I have relatives that are gay. I'm not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love them. But again, I'm not with that. That's not something I believe in. But to each his own.

Peterson went on to say he doesn't believe the Vikings cut Kluwe because of his aggressive activism, and that he was sad to see the veteran punter go. "Probably one of the smartest guys I've ever been around, man," he said of Kluwe. "Different."



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LezlieCooterPounder
LezlieCooterPounder

The blacks don't care about any kind of marriage anyway. They just like to breed and then go on welfare. 

keny1
keny1

Adrian Peterson is not a politician. He can't be voted out. He makes more money than all of us do. He doesn't give a fuck what any of us think of him. End of Story. 

amyldavis142
amyldavis142

He is my type of guy, 100% hetero & 100% for hetero couples!! Also 100% for Jesus Christ!! I have a human hero! I have admired him ever since I saw his interview on the 700 Club.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

The argument of God and gay marriage (equality) can co-exist. God would be about love, not judgment. People can marry (gay), and not be against God.  It's not us who decides who goes to heaven. Religion does not prove or disprove the existence of God. Otherwise we would only have one and only those people would go to heaven. Religion is our interpretation and celebration of God. Atheists assume nothing began this. Something started this. That is God. God is subjective.  

I don't get how people can not think being against gay marriage is not ignorant. Any form of inequality and lack of freedom is also not American. Though, The fight for it was American. The anger and bigotry that came from it was not. First it was women's rights, then racial rights, then sexual rights. All of these were advancements in our culture. Equality and freedom of any kind are what we fight for everyday. Unfortunately we have crossed that line in several wars (current included).

green23
green23 topcommenter

It seems to me he's just saying that he isn't gay. If he means something else, he's being remarkably inarticulate about it. 

But then, the opponents of SSM have been remarkably inarticulate about their case in general. They started out with secular objections, but those didn't hold up under inspection. Now, their 'argument' is pretty much reduced to "being gay is morally wrong", combined with some wacky conspiracies (parents being 'erased', churches forced to perform weddings, Biblical plagues, etc.) that don't persuade anyone. 

As I've said before, the State grants marriage licences to immoral people all the time. A marriage licence is not society's stamp of approval over every aspect of your life. So, "being gay is morally wrong" is irrelevant to the question of whether or not a marriage licence should be granted. 

This issue really comes down to age, where old people grew up in an era where being openly gay would get you beaten to death while people cheered. PPP's latest poll showed that those under 45 favour SSM by about 2 to 1. Senior citizens are opposed to SSM by about 2 to 1. 

"Public opinion in the state will continue to move further in support of gay marriage given that voters under 45 support it by a 64/33 margin. It's only competitive overall because of 31/61 opposition among seniors" ( http://tinyurl.com/p9hoyg4 )

The underlying issue here is obvious. SSM is something that the "the libs" want, so it must be thwarted. No further justification is needed by opponents, and nothing more persuasive has been offered. If seniors wonder why their moral and political credibility is gone, this single issue is very illustrative.

keny1
keny1

So does that make A.P. a bigot? Or does he get a pass because he is black? I notice that most of the comments on this article are somewhat lenient towards him ("He has a right to his own opinion", etc.), but if A.P. were a white Republican politician (such as Michelle Bachmann), you would all be screaming "BIGOT! HOMOPHOBE!," etc. Have you ever thought that A.P. has deep religious beliefs (even if you don't agree with them) and he has every right to express his beliefs just as you express your belief that gay marriage is righteous? Last I heard, this is America where we all have a right to our opinion. But as par for the course, the "tolerant" Liberals will not "tolerate" anyone who has an opinion whom differs from theirs. Case in point: Dan Savage once said, "I hope the fucking Republicans in Congress just kill themselves."

Tolerance. Times 2.

asdl
asdl

that was a misleading headline

DowntownFUN
DowntownFUN

he is super religious, not surprising 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Bleeeet.. A jock says not my thing, but have at it.. and you get hysterical. Sorry kids not everyone is in love with gay marriage. They don't hate you. 

They could say the same about asians or fat white chicks marrying blacks. It's a personal opinion"Not my thing but it's legal" 

No condemnation, no saying it's wrong..Just saying not my cup of tea. 

Gay Marriage passed in MN.. are we all supposed to bend over now every time you feel offended?

Like AP, I don't care who you bang or marry.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Its just ignorance. As American's we are entitled to that opinion. You can't do right with wrong (the hypocrite left and right). Adrian I hope at some point you realize there is two relationships in this world. Love and hate. You have chosen the wrong one my friend .

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

"To each his own." immediately followed by "I'm not with it." So when asked about this his reply is "Yes. No."


adenak47
adenak47

I'm not down with the fact that you didn't beat Eric Dickerson's rushing record. Loser!

Laura Domyancich
Laura Domyancich

Adrian Peterson doesn't need "to be with [it]." He has been legally able to be married his whole life. His feelings are irrelevant. Unless you are his gay family members who are getting his "unbiased" love. I'm sure that makes them feel all warm and fuzzy.

norman.dostal
norman.dostal

well, millions in the south arent down with black men marrying whites so to each there own...it always makes me chuckle when a black is bigoetd against gays-there really is nothing lower than a minority whose race suffered chooses to look at another as less deserving of rights-but sports players arent known for brain capacity...

Angie Gomez
Angie Gomez

Thank you Adrian......you are entitled to your opinion also! Good for you for not hiding how you feel!

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Ha, so much for that call for "compromise" and cerebration in “difference of opinion.”

oh, the “tolerance”… when it shines, it shines. 

Brian Boyenga
Brian Boyenga

I'm sure his gay relatives that he claims to have love him right back in the same "unbiased" way. Regardless, gay marriage is not something for anyone to "believe in." It is not the tooth fairy, it exists, legally now as a matter of fact.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@green23 He is a very attractive, athletic, generally happy male. He might be gay. I don't think he likes penis. He just spent more time on X's and O's than 1 and 2's.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 It's funny a racist bigot like keny gives lectures on tolerance.  keny you are nothing but a stupid bigot who has threatened to kill me twice.  You don't get to say a fucking thing about tolerance or respect.  You are an awful human being.  Gay people are the victims of actual violence for who they are.  Bigot scum like you murder and kill gay people all the time so shut the fuck up with your whining.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 Actually Keny, you're completely wrong again. I'm a liberal and I think A.P.'s comments are fine. He has a right to disagree with the SSM supporters as long as he does it in a respectful way - which he has. You tend to pick out one or two examples from the extreme left (like the Savage quote) and then parade it around as if that's the mindset of all liberals. You don't have to like gays, you don't have to associate with gays, you can change the channel when a gay character comes on a TV show, but you do not have the right to beat them up, kill them, or treat them as second-class citizens. Live and let live.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@keny1  Bigots and homophobes have a right to their opinion. Others have a right to disagree with them. It's pretty simple, yet the "zero-sum logic" of conservatives reduces it to a situation where only one side can be allowed to speak...because, "tolerance" or something. 

Frankly, I can't figure out what Adrian Peterson is saying. It doesn't really matter, either. Kluwe's advocacy mattered because he was articulate, persuasive, and smart. His status as a professional athlete was secondary. 

I have a recollection of a Republican Party that screamed at its 2004 Convention that opposition to the Iraqi occupation was "tantamount to treason". I don't recall a lot of 'tolerance' from conservatives over the issue. Mostly I remember spittle-flecked fury, epithets, and suggestions that opponents move to another country. I recall this notion of a "unitary executive" from conservatives, where it was blindingly obvious that the President needed unchecked power to carry out his responsibilities. I recall conservative pundits condemning the entire Democratic Party as being guilty of treason. Strange.

amyldavis142
amyldavis142

@k2yeb<<And who are you??  The right & wrong police?  He has a right to his beliefs.  Back off.  I think it's sad that states are condoning gay marriage!! Too bad for Minn!!  I've never been there, but have family there.  I thought folks out there were on the conservative side.. So glad my state is holding firm to it's God given beliefs!!  Yes, somewhere in the South!! 

kurtruben1
kurtruben1

@k2yeb oh k2yep, thank God your opinion doesnt matter, i can tell you are a lost soul, AP chose right, hes sticking by GOD something few do anymore due to the views of sheep like you. The devil works throughout people like you, find purpose 

prosedad
prosedad

@k2yeb: That's some over-the-top, hyped-up bullcrap.  ONLY NARCISSTIC, overly sensitive gay folks can turn "I don't agree with you" into something like "hate" and "ignorance" and bigotry.  It actually was a MARKETING CAMPAIGN of the 90s to throw out disparaging words like "homophobe" to get folks scared of saying their opinion.  Only sheeple idiots like you actually fell for it.

"Gay" sex/intimacy/relationships is defined in the same way "hetro" relationships, "incest" relationship, "underaged" relationships (a 30 year old in love with a consentual 14 year old).  So you idiots who ONLY says there's gay relationships and hetro ones...you show what idiots you are. But, if you WANT TO TALK ABOUT what no one cares about (gay sex in the privacy of two gays' bedroom) if you WANT to MAKE us talk about that, then we have to talk about ALL THE OTHER STUFF and how we are "bigoted" and "discriminating" against the 14 & 30 year olds getting married, or the polygamist, or the bro/sis.

It's IGNORANCE for you to NOT think with your brain and to go with the CAMPAIGN of gays who wanna MAKE US agree with where they stick their vaginas/penises....NO ONE CARES.  But, when someone asks, "Are you INTO S & M???"  or "Do you think a brother should marry and consentual incest sister"....It's OKAY TO SAY, "I'm not into that!"

SMH @ your ignorance, idiot.

yeahwhatup
yeahwhatup

@k2yeb nooo not really. it's not hate just because he disagrees with something. i could get deep into this but instead i'm just gonna leave you with "you're wrong" and i feel like your thoughts aren't very clear inside your head. or maybe they're just very simple. very, very simple.

Alirox
Alirox

Please adhere to Internet Writing Style: "Looser," not "Loser."

kurtruben1
kurtruben1

@norman.dostal gays are not a race they are a group of people, nothing more nothing less, its like being a yahoo subscriber. BLACK RACE/ GAY CHOICE .

Suburban.Black.Guy
Suburban.Black.Guy

@norman.dostal Plenty of BLACKS aren't okay with blacks marrying whites.  So what?

I applaud marriage equality and the legal rights it grants those in committed relationships.  It's a huge step.  But guess what?  That doesn't come with a side order of general public acceptance.  NO ONE is obligated to be a fan of your particular marriage preference.  Freedom of choice does not supersede freedom of personal beliefs or freedom of speech.  Get over yourself and prepare for sideways looks from passers-by for at least the next 50 years.  Oh.  And welcome to the club.  It's still quite a bit more comfy here.

Signed, A Vote-No Supporting Black Man Married to a White Woman

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann With all due respect, you have obviously mistaken me for someone who actually gives a flying fuck what you think. You are just a typical hate-filled jealous liberal who is angry at the world because your life is so fucking miserable. Go take your meds and shut the fuck up. Or better yet, go off yourself. 

green23
green23 topcommenter

Yeah, I'm really not seeing these vicious attacks on Peterson that all of the conservatives seem to be upset about. It's just more straw-man outrage from the same people who tried to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning SSM.

I don't generally look to professional athletes when I'm forming my opinions on public policy issues. I fail to see how that is intolerant.

keny1
keny1

@green23 Yes, but Kluwless shoved his advocacy down everyone's throats while AP was simply responding to a question. 

amyldavis142
amyldavis142

@green23 <<Some of you need to go back to school & learn the 2nd grade phrase, "sticks & stones may break my bones etc...  WHY so sensitive if someone does not like or agree with your lifestyle?  Adrian is stating his personal belief, but he also said, "live & let live"  So I guess some of you homo lovers have concluded that if a person does not believe in homosexuality, we have to be labeled a bigot & a homophobe.  If no one has ever said this to you, I will gladly be the first, that is VERY LAME!! I happen to know that Adrian is a Christian aka Christ follower/bible believer, so he is saying what SHOULD be said!! & kudos to him for doing so!

damnyankee
damnyankee

@green23 I'm a life long Dem with traditional Dem values.  Secular-progressives (socialists) who've highjacked my party doesn't represent me.  There are still millions of us Dems who are not agnostic/atheist, who still believe in the Almighty, who still follow biblical teachings to minimize hardships in our lives, who still believe in hard work, and who still believe working with our hands to build something good to step back and marvel at our craftsmanship.

With that said, there are still millions of us Dems who still believe holding hands and blowing each other is NOT marriage.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@kurtruben1 @k2yeb I agree in gay marriage. I voted for Obama but am Republican. I think Obama has lost his way, I don't think Republican's have found their way. I am not an atheist. I also don't believe in hypocrisy.  I also don't think using the lord's name is vain is fulfilling your religious morality. Good one though. I find the balance in life to always be the middle.

I am happy and have a good life.  I will go to heaven. I very much have faith and believe in god's word. I also don't use it for my advantage or profit. I won't use this to pass judgment like you did in the cloak of religion. There is a LOT of anger and hate on these comment sections. Sad. You obviously are angry.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@prosedad @k2yeb Not if he does it b/c of religious reasons. I just don't share them. America is here b/c we have opinions not because we tell everyone else their opinion is wrong. Prove it. You don't need like 500 words to do that.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@yeahwhatup @k2yeb Maybe true. Sometimes simple is the best solution. You might be right its not hate.  So its love? So its not ignorance but intelligence? If not its religious? Saying I am wrong is a biased opinion just like mine was.  I was commenting on the article not you. Why do comment sections not share opinions but discredit them? We all learn by wrong opinions too. Some just don't learn until they die. We are all lucky we can hide behind this little thing called comment sections where we all are geniuses yet weak and hiding behind anonymity.

norman.dostal
norman.dostal

Wrong, dummy-all psychologists and medical professionals agree that being gay is AT LEAST partly innate-those who really know-gays themselves, agree they are born gay since most know theyre gay well before puberty.  I take it you sleep with men and women since you favor choice in sexuality? No such thing as a bisexual male, bud-just a stop on the way to Gayville. We dont really want bigoted self hating gays in our club, but at least own your choices. If you like the pole, you're gay. OWN it!

norman.dostal
norman.dostal

i was being funny, dude-a black against interracial marriage is the lowest pond scum in existence! No one is asking for acceptance! whyw oudl you think a gay person cares what a religious bigoted sheep thinks?  That time is long past-gays demand full equality under the law-and they are getting it in EVERY COURT CASE.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@keny1 @MicheleBachmann If Keny the racist, bigoted, moron didn't "give a flying fuck what you think," he wouldn't have gone through the effort to respond.  And then he tells you to "go off yourself," which, a few comments up the page, he just criticized a liberal for saying about Republican'ts. He is definitely mentally disturbed.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@amyldavis142@green23 You sound as if you're replying to keny rather than me. 

keny's 'point' is that only the Right should be allowed to criticise anyone, because the "libs" believe in tolerance.I guess that makes sense to you.

"WHY so sensitive if someone does not like or agree with your lifestyle?" 

I'm not being sensitive, and it's not "my" lifestyle. keny is the one being "sensitive", as all conservatives seem to have suddenly come down with delicate fee-fees, and disagreeing with them is now "oppression", or silencing" them. 

Look, Peterson has the right to express his opinion, and people have the right to disagree with his opinion. I'm not sure how much clearer I can make it than that. You seem to have no problem disagreeing with me, even as you rant about how criticising others is terrible.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@damnyankee You don't follow biblical teachings.  You use the Bible to justify your bigotry.  If you followed the Bible you'd be trying to outlaw adultery, divorce, and the eating of shellfish.   Stupid bigots like you are an embarrassment.   Do you live by Mathew 19:21?    It's funny how stupid bigots like you justify their hate using the Bible but don't know a fucking thing about it.    Tell me why its ok for you to keep all your wealth but its not ok for gay people to marry?   Why do you get to ignore the parts of the Bible that pertain to you?   Do you tithe every year the amount the Bible says you should tithe you fucking liar?   I know you don't.   All you are is a bigot hiding behind the Bible.  You better hope Jesus isn't real because I'd love to watch you explain why you were a bigot because of the Bible but you didn't think you had to give away all your wealth because you don't have to do everything Jesus says right?   

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